Telangna CM Plans Ayutha Chandi Yaga and Former Uttarakhand CM Pokhriyal declare India was first country to conduct Nuclear Tests Lakhs of years ago and Astrology is bigger than science.
I woke up this morning a little bit late and as usual my net was on and when I pressed the button on my trusty lap top it immediately letup my room with its incandescent light. As usual I checked the news appearing in all major Indian newspapers and online journals and then came across two articles which caught my fancy. One article was in the Times of India and the other in Hindustan Times. The article in TOI was about the impending mass ritual to be conducted by the first Chief Minister of Telangna K Chandrasekhar Rao who has used astrology which comes as no surprise since many politicians do in this country. The ritual he plans to perform is the Ayutha Chandi Yaga which would basically would make him invincible to his enemies and help tame them. Now who are his enemies is totally different question.
The second news piece which caught my eye was the declaration made my former CM of Uttarakhand Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank of BJP who said with all conviction and sincere believe that India was the first country on earth to conduct nuclear tests. In a quote which he gave to Indian Express he said “Today we are talking about nuclear tests. Lakhs of years ago, Sage Kanad had conducted a nuclear test. Our knowledge and science do not lack anything.” Now there is no denial that as a nation India has contributed a lot to science after all we gave the world “ZERO” the most important number which is used in computer coding. But what surprised me was the claim that we conducted a nuclear test “Lakhs of years ago” which basically denigrates modern science about the existence of Humans on earth maybe a million years ago.
I am a proud Indian and also equally proud of our ancient and rich culture and the achievements and contributions which we made to science which I personally think has not received its due share. Most people think it is the Greeks who gave the world science and philosophy and yes they did but we also gave quite a lot. The only problem I see is maybe we are not very good at Public Relations. Maybe we need to do a better job letting the world know about out scientific contributions. The Vedas and Puranas are full of eternal knowledge and is a philosophical guide if one would take time to understand it. The Bhagwat GIta which eminent physicist Robert Oppenheimer often used was perhaps its outmost patron of modern times. Just go to Google and type “Now I am become death” and the name of Dr Oppenheimer and Bhagavad Gita will be the top search results.
But in all this glory and proud history of our country, I wonder is it really necessary to perform a Yaga to vanquish ones enemy or tame them in politics because what I personally think with all due respect and significance for Yaga is this. All a politician has to do is run a clean and effective administration and help bring changes into the lives of people. If politicians do that then they will never lose an election and in politics it is all about winning elections. Holding a long and elaborated ritual which will last for 10 days nonstop serves the purpose of extinguishing one’s own insecurities and paranoia but it does nothing for the citizenry at large. Also it would be fare to assume a lot of state funds could be used to fulfill one man’s wishes to become invincible. Alas in politics there is no such thing as being invincible and having the power to tame ones enemy because even the mightiest fall someday.
People believe in astrology and there is nothing wrong in that but it would be foolish to think it is ahead of science as claimed by Ramesh Pokhriyal. By saying astrology as more significance to science it is tantamount to insulting the likes of Aryabhata, Brahmagupta and Bhāskara who have made our lives rich with knowledge in the field of mathematics and science. To even think, we as a nation existed hundreds of thousand years ago without any empirical evidence is an insult to our intelligence which would drive most Indian scientist to shame.
They say science is all about rediscovery and the path of rediscovery still and maybe will remain infinite and also somethings will remain a mystery and could only be discussed at a philosophical level. The power of ancient knowledge and rituals is what makes our country unique and attractive. Hinduism is a religion which never really believed in evangelical propagation like other religions do to increase its numbers, but still it is one of the fastest growing religions in the world and in its Abstract form lies the true meaning of life, nature and our cosmos in general. The Yagnas are nothing but tools to connect with our inner self and Mother Nature. It is not a tool to tame enemies and maybe the true enemy of Telangna CM K Chandrasekhar Rao are the very People who bestow their trust on him to make their lives better and if history has taught us anything people can only be ever tamed with love and the sincere dedication to serve them especially in a democracy. To Mr. Pokhriyal no one and even I will ever dispute the importance of Astrology but it will be adark road to travel if our sole faith is on something which can never be quantified. Astrology is a believe and to some extent science but never true science and maybe something’s should be better left un-understood and let the divine cosmic power shape our future.
Remember what Lord Krishna told Arjuna on the eve of the Battle of Mahabharata “Karmanye Vadhikaraste, Ma phaleshou kada chana, Ma Karma Phala Hetur Bhurmatey Sangostva Akarmani.” Do your duty and never worry about the result, if ye work was honest ye will be rewarded. If Chandrasekhar Rao does his duty with outmost sincerity he will be the victor and by looking into the future to see what rewards awaits Mr. Pokhriyal he countermands the basic tenants of Gita. Not that it has or will ever stop people from consulting astrologers but if our dear politicians decided to spend more time solving the problems of the masses then their future in politics is guaranteed.
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